Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF March 24, 2003

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

Wednesday, March 26, 2003

10:00 a.m. “U.S. Policy Towards the Western Hemisphere” - Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. MEMBERS ONLY CLASSIFIED briefing with The Honorable Marc Grossman, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, Department of State.
Room 2200 Rayburn House Office Building

1:30 p.m. “Overview of International Terrorist Organizations” - Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Human Rights.
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses: The Honorable J. Cofer Black, Ambassador-at-Large, Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Department of State.

2:00 p.m. “U.S. Policy Toward Southeast Asia” - Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.
Room 2200 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses: The Honorable Matthew P. Daley, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Department of State; Mr. Gordon West, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Asia and the Near East, USAID.

COMMITTEE BUSINESS FOR MARCH 17, 2003

***Hearings/Meetings/Markups***

Wednesday, March 19, 2003

10:00 a.m. “The Middle East Partnership Initiative: Promoting Democratization in a Troubled Region” - Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia Hearing.
Witnesses: The Honorable William Burns, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Department of State; The Honorable Wendy Chamberlin, Assistant Administrator for Asia and the Near East, USAID.

4:00 p.m. MEMBERS ONLY CLASSIFIED Briefing on Weapons of Mass Destruction Development and Proliferation in Iran, Iraq, and Syria by the Honorable John R. Bolton, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Affairs.

Thursday, March 20, 2003

9:00 a.m. MEMBERS ONLY CLASSIFIED Briefing on China’s Proliferation of Ballistic Missiles and Nuclear Technology.

1:00 p.m. “The U.S. and South Asia: Challenges and Opportunities for American Policy” - Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific Hearing.
Witnesses: The Honorable Christina Rocca, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South Asian Affairs, Department of State; The Honorable Wendy J. Chamberlin, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Asia and the Near East, USAID.

***Floor***

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

H. Con. Res. 26 ( McCollum) - Condemning the punishment of execution by stoning as a gross violation of human rights. Agreed to by yea-and-nay vote of 417 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 65.

H. R. 868 (Ballenger) - To amend section 527 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1994 and 1995 to require that certain claims for expropriation by the Government of Nicaragua meet certain requirements for purposes of the prohibition on foreign assistance to that government. Agreed to by yea-and-nay vote of 414 yeas to 7 nays, Roll No. 66.

H. Res. 109 (Smith-NJ) - Urging passage of a resolution addressing human rights abuses in North Korea at the 59th session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, and Calling on the Government of North Korea to respect and protect the human rights of its citizens. Agreed to by yea-and-nay vote of 419 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 67.

***Reports Filed***

Mr. Hyde: Committee on International Relations. H. Res. 68. Resolution requesting the President to transmit to the House of Representatives not later than 14 days after the date of adoption of this resolution documents in the President’s possession relating to Iraq’s declaration on it’s weapons of mass destruction that was provided to the United Nations on December 7, 2002; Adversely (Rept. 108-38).

***Legislation Introduced***

Monday, March 17, 2003

H. R. 1298 (Hyde) - A bill to provide assistance to foreign countries to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, and for other purposes.

Wednesday, March 19, 2003

H. R. 1358 ( Israel) - A bill to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to require the Secretary of State to include in the annual Department of State’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices information on the nature and extent of the promotion of violence and hatred in the curriculum of schools in foreign countries, including the promotion of anti-Americanism, anti-Semitism, and racism.

H. Con. Res. 101 (Kucinich) - Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of the Congress that Public Law 107-243, the authorization to use force against Iraq, is null and void.

H. Con. Res. 102 (Jackson-Lee) - Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that Congress has the sole and exclusive power to declare war.

H. Res. 149 (Bereuter) - A resolution expressing the condolences of the House of Representatives in response to the assassination of Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic of Serbia, and for other purposes.

Thursday, March 20, 2003

H. R. 1403 (Pallone) - A bill to remove the exemption with respect to Pakistan from the prohibition on assistance to a country whose elected head of government was deposed by decree or military coup.

H. Con. Res. 103 (Hastings) - Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress concerning support to members of the United States Armed Forces and allied military forces engaged in the war on terrorism and the war with Iraq. (Also, referred to the Committee on Armed Services.)

H. Con. Res. 105 (Kucinich) - Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress concerning support to Members of the United States Armed Forces and allied military forces engaged in the war on terrorism and the war with Iraq. (Also, referred to the Committee on Armed Services.)

H. Res. 154 (Gallegly) - A resolution commending the Prime Minister of Great Britain for his stalwart leadership and unwavering support of the United States in the efforts to disarm Saddam Hussein of weapons of mass destruction and free the Iraqi people of the scourge of brutal dictatorship.

H. Res. 155 (Meeks) - A resolution concerning the formation of the African Union.

H. Res. 157 (Udall) - A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding several individuals who are being held as prisoners of conscience by the Chinese Government for their involvement in efforts to end the Chinese occupation of Tibet.

*** Presidential Messages, Executive and Other Communications Received ***

Diplomatic Construction Project in Munich, Germany - March 13, 2003, Under Secretary of State for Management, pursuant to Sec. 160 (a) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1988 and 1989 (P.L. 100-204) as amended by Sec. 135 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1990 and 1991 (P.L. 101-246); unnumbered.

Diplomatic Construction Project in Skopje, Macedonia - March 13, 2003, Under Secretary of State for Management, pursuant to Sec. 160 (a) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1988 and 1989 (P.L. 100-204) as amended by Sec. 135 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1990 and 1991 (P.L. 101-246); unnumbered.

Diplomatic Construction Project in Chengdu, China - March 14, 2003, Under Secretary of State for Management, pursuant to Sec. 160 (a) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1988 and 1989 (P.L. 100-204) as amended by Sec. 135 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1990 and 1991 (P.L. 101-246); unnumbered.

Certification That Israel Has Paid all Parking Fees to DC and NYC - March 17, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 544 (a) of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Notice of How State Intends to Obligate FY 03 MRA Funds - March 17, 2003, DOS, pursuant to the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962 and Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations, Division E, of the Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, FY 03 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Determination and Memorandum of Justification with Respect to Countries and Entities Failing to Take Measures to Apprehend and Transfer All Indicted War Criminals - March 17, 2003, DOS, pursuant to the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Presidential Determination and Justification for Waiver of Coup-Related Sanctions for Pakistan - March 17, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 508 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations, Division E, of the Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, FY 03 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Annual Report on Military Assistance, Military Exports, and Military Imports - March 17, 2003, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 655 of the FAA of 1961 as enacted by Sec. 1324 of P.L. 104-106 and Sec. 148 of P.L. 104-164; unnumbered.

Notification of USAID Budget Justification to the Congress for FY 04 Has Been Submitted - March 17, 2003, USAID; unnumbered.

The Department’s Final Rule - Rules Governing Availability of Information - March 17, 2003, Department of the Treasury, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a) (1) (A); Ex. Comm. 1172.

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Tunisia - March 19, 2003, DSCA, estimated total value $2,540,472.40, pursuant to 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - March 19, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate up to $2,027,860 in ESF to support the ASEAN Cooperation Plan, pursuant to 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sections 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-115); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - March 19, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $300,000 of FY 02 ESF to promote the development of NGOs in Vietnam, pursuant to 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sections 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-115); unnumbered.

USAID Notification Regarding Liberia - March 19, 2003, USAID, informing of the intent to obligate $170,000 in prior year ESF to permit the establishment of a free press, pursuant to Sec. 620 (q) of the FAA of 1961 and Sections 512, 520, and 537 of the Foreign Operations Appropriations Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-115); CN # 57.

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for Defense Articles and Services to Switzerland - March 19, 2003, DSCA (Transmittal No. 03-08), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b) (1) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 1212.

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for Defense Articles and Services to Thailand - March 19, 2003, DSCA (Transmittal No. 03-09), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b) (1) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 1213.

2003 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report - March 19, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 489 of the FAA of 1961; Ex. Comm. 1214.

Certification of a Proposed License for the Export of Defense Articles and/or Services to Russia and Kazakhstan - March 19, 2003, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 022-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 1215.

Certification of a Proposed License for the Export of Defense Articles and/or Services to Russia, Ukraine and Norway - March 19, 2003, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 023-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 1216.

Certification of a Proposed License for the Export of Defense Articles and/or Services to Japan - March 19, 2003, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 024-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 1217.

Communication From the President Transmitting a Report Regarding Iraq - March 19, 2003, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 3 (b) of the Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (P.L. 107-243); (H. Doc. 108-50) Ex. Comm. 1218.

A Resolution of Advice and Consent to ratification of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction, Adopted by the Senate of the United States on April 24, 1997 - March 19, 2003, The White House, in accordance with Condition 9; Ex. Comm. 1219.

Report on the Implementation Plan for Establishment of Non-Governmental Designated Laboratory Under the Chemical Weapons Convention - March 20, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 1605 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, FY 03 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Nicaragua - March 20, 2003, DSCA, estimated total value $9,387.00, pursuant to 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Message From the President of the United States Transmitting a 6-Month Periodic Report on the National Emergency With Respect to the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) that was Declared in Ex. Order No. 12865 of September 26, 1993 - March 20, 2003, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 401 ( c ) of the National Emergencies Act and Sec. 204 ( c ) of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act; M0021.

Message from the President of the Untied States Transmitting the Annual Report of the Activities of the United Nations and of the Participation of the United States Therein During the Calendar Year 2001 - March 20, 2003, The White House, pursuant to the United Nations Participation Act, (P.L. 79-264); M0022.

The Department’s Legislative Proposal Entitled, “To Authorize Appropriations for FY 2004 for Military Activities of the Department of Defense, to Prescribe Military Personnel Strengths for FY 04" - March 20, 2003, DoD; Ex. Comm. 1302.

Notice Effective February 23, 2003 of a 15% Danger Pay Allowance Has Been Designated for Kuwait - March 21, 2003, DOS, pursuant to The Foreign Service Act of 1980 and the Department of State Authorization Act of Fiscal Years 1984 and 1985 (P.L. 98-164); unnumbered.

CY 2002 Summary Report Collocation and Setback Waivers - March 21, 2003, DOS, pursuant to the Secure Embassy Construction and Conterterrorism Act of 1999 (P.L. 106-113), Title VI, Sec. 606 (a) (2) (iii) and (3) (iii); unnumbered.

USAID Notification Regarding Iraq - March 21, 2003, USAID, informing of the intent to obligate $200,000,000 for emergency food assistance to feed the Iraqi people, pursuant to Sec. 507 authority under the FY 03 Foreign Operations Appropriations Act; unnumbered.

OTHER BUSINESS WEEK OF MARCH 17, 2003

***Hearings/Briefings of Interest***

House Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on “HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria: Combating a Global Pandemic.” Testimony was heard from Claude Allen, Deputy Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Diplomacy and the War on Terrorism. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the State Department: The Honorable Marc Grossman, Undersecretary for Political Affairs; The Honorable Grant Green, Undersecretary for Management; The Honorable J. Cofer Black, Coordinator for Counterterrorism. Testimony was also heard from Mr. Jon Pistole, Deputy Assistant Director of the Counter Intelligence Unit, FBI; and Juan C. Zarate, Esq., Deputy Assistant Secretary, Executive Office for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes, Department of the Treasury.

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Current Hostage Situation in Colombia. Closed Members Briefing with The Honorable Marc Grossman, Undersecretary for Political Affairs, Department of State.

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Nonproliferation Programs of the Department of State. Testimony was heard from The Honorable John S. Wolf, Assistant Secretary for Nonproliferation, Department of State.

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Effects and Consequences of an Emerging China. Testimony was heard from Mr. Randall Schriver, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for China, Department of State; Mr. Charles Freeman, Deputy Assistant US Trade Representative, Office of the US Trade Representative.

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Safer Embassies in Unsafe Places. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of State: Major General Charles E. Williams, Director, Overseas Building Operations; The Honorable Francis X. Taylor, Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security; and Mr. Jess ford, Director, International Affairs & Trade, GAO.

***Nominations Received***

Department of Homeland Security - Charles E. McQueary, of North Carolina, to be Under Secretary for Science and Technology.

Department of State - Pamela J. H. Slutz, of Texas, to be Ambassador to Mongolia.

Department of State - Eric M. Javits, of New York, for the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as United States Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

***Miscellaneous***

Mexico-U.S. Interparliamentary Group: The Chair, on behalf of the Vice President, appointed Senator Dodd as Vice Chairman to the Senate Delegation to the Mexico-U.S. Interparliamentary Group conference during the 108th Congress.

Congressional - Executive Commission on the People’s Republic of China: The Chair, on behalf of the President of the Senate, and after consultation with the Majority Leader, pursuant to P.L. 106-286, appointed the following Members to serve on the Commission in the 108th Congress: Senators Brownback, Smith, Thomas, Roberts, and Hagel.

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki) : The Chair, on behalf of the Vice President, pursuant to P.L. 94-304, as amended by P.L. 99-7, appointed the following Senators as members of the Commission during the 108th Congress: Senators Brownback, Smith, Hutchison, and Chambliss.